The Arid Zone which covers 1569.2 million ha of the world and has been spread in 2.86 lakh sq. km. of the Indian territory has always been the source of attraction for the scientists, Researchers, Planners and Policy makers because of its most peculiar biotic and natural conditions. An Annotated Bibliography covering the period of 50 years (1947-1997) has been compiled/edited by the arid zone scientists, having practical experience of working in the area for more than 20 years. The bibliography has primarily been divided in the following main themes.
• Natural Resources and Desertification • Crop Improvement • Crop Production • Fruits and Vegetables • Forage Production • Forests and Economic Plants • Alternative Land use systems • Watershed Management & Soil Conservation • Livestock Production and Management • Wasteland Management • Energy Management • Socio-Economic and Agricultural Extension • Wild life • Transfer of Technology The publication will be of immense use for all those who are interested in Arid Zone Research, Planning and Management and Desertification and its control. The main features of the publication are : • Covers the period of 50 years (1947-1997) • Printed in around 800 pages • Compiled and edited by a team of Scientists and researchers • Most scientifically arranged subjects • Covered around 1000 scientific/research journals • Provides an exhaustive author index • Provides a source index • Provides a Botanical cum Latin cum Vernacular index of important species • Provides Arid Zone of India Map • Provides a growth and declinal chart about arid zone publications in India.